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Integrated urban mobility planning for creating livable cities

The thematic group “Integrated Planning” deals with activities and projects that facilitate integrated planning practices towards more sustainable urban mobility. Cooperative and systematic planning approaches, which integrate stakeholders, develop measures and measure packages balancing all transport modes, and are accompanied by monitoring and evaluation actions to measure achievements, are the basis for a strategic development of a sustainable transport network and mobility patterns. The work is oriented towards the principles of the European Commissions’ concept of Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP), which is a showcase for a new planning culture for European cities and regions. SUMP also opens up the possibility for governance and planning processes to integrate the urban transport network into regional and upper-network levels such as the Trans European transport network (TEN-T) in order to ease the burden of traffic on urban areas and to improve connectivity. Integrated planning approaches are also becoming more and more relevant for cities in emerging and developing countries, in order to tackle increasing motorisation and negative impacts of transport movements.

Key words for our thematic group  are: Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning, Governance and stakeholder cooperation, Urban and regional planning, and development of Urban Nodes in the TEN-T, SUMP in developing and emerging countries.

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For more information on integrated planning and SUMPs, please contact the thematic moderator Susanne.

Submitted by Sebastián PERNET on 22/12/2016

Youth For Public Transport (Y4PT) Foundation, with the support of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) and its members, and following the long-standing tradition of Y4PT Youth Lab series, is promoting the organization of local transport hackathons around the world, by combining the best of boundless human creativity and the benefits of current information and communications technologies (ICTs) in collaborative environments, with the aim of advancing transport sector towards sustainability.

Winners from each local transport hackathon will join other Canada-based hackers at the 1st Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon Montreal 2017 ( http://www.y4pt.org/projects/hackathon ) in the framework of the 62nd UITP Global Public Transport Summit Montreal 2017 – the world’s oldest and leading sustainable transport event – to contest in a final round for unveiling the world’s best ground-breaking transport solutions.

More than 20 major cities around the world are hosting the first local transport hackathons. Other cities are also welcome to join.

Different local stakeholders such as universities, youth groups, ICT companies, transport operators, authorities, start-up mentors and hackers are called to collaborate with Y4PT and to be part of the world’s first ever global transport hackathon.

Everyone is invited to get on board. This is an one-off opportunity to show to your audience and users how important is for you to support this kind of events where innovation and creativity is putting forward new ICT-related solutions to boost both the private sector business performance and the public sector policy efficacy, and thus to unlock new opportunities to expand, diversify and renew your organization’s portfolio of products and services.

Further information on the 1st Y4PT Global Transport Hackathon Montreal 2017 at http://www.y4pt.org/projects/hackathon , or or please contact: Mr. Sebastián PERNET, Co-Founder and Treasurer of Y4PT Foundation, sebastian.pernet@y4pt.org .

Follow up the Y4PT Transport Hackathon series on social networking/media websites ( http://www.y4pt.org/social-networks ) such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube by using the hashtag #Y4PThackathon .

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Submitted by Fred DOTTER on 07/07/2016

Cities play a key-role in the deployment of electric vehicles. Ideally the deployment is part of a structured and effective strategy that blends in with the city’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan. Electromobility measures can help to reach SUMP targets such as air quality improvement, noise mitigation, reduced energy use, and decreased car dependency.

With this CIVITAS Insight, the CIVITAS CAPITAL project wants to provide information on e-mobility and its integration in SUMPs.

As we are interested to get your views and ideas by 14 July 2016, all members of this Thematic Group have the possibility to contribute to the content of this CIVITAS Insight. If you are interested to contribute, please leave a message here!

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Submitted by Fred DOTTER on 04/07/2016

Urban road safety is a persistent challenge for Europe. Europe’s vision to half the number of road fatalities by 2020 is on its way of being implemented, and other targets – such as the decrease of seriously injured - come into view. At the same time European cities are developing SUMPs. This CIVITAS Insight explains how SUMPs can help to reach road safety targets. The Insight is complementary to the CIVITAS Insight ‘Safer road infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians’.

With this CIVITAS Insight, the CIVITAS CAPITAL project wants to provide information on Road Safety and its importance for a sustainable urban mobility and a SUMP.

As we are interested to get your views and ideas by 11 July 2016, all members of this Thematic Group have the possibility to contribute to the content of this CIVITAS Insight. If you are interested to contribute, please leave a message here!

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Submitted by Caterina Di Bartolo on 22/01/2016

The “sharing” paradigm is shaking up the global economy scenario. People across the world are daily sharing an increasing number of material objects and immaterial services (from clothes and tools to houses, working spaces and also professional skills). This revolution is affecting all the economic sectors, though at a different pace. No doubt the mobility sector is among the ones facing the greatest and revolutionary changes.

Although sharing options have always been available for transport, first with Public Transport and taxis and more recently with car or bike-sharing and car-pooling services, what is happening in these past few years is a radical change in the way all of us could rethink our mobility habits. Thanks to most advanced communication technologies (internet, social media and ITS) and to their integration, is now easier and immediate to find opportunities to share rides, vehicles (cars and bikes) and also parking spaces. Mobility is starting to be considered as a “unique “service and people across European cities are now looking for the best mobility options (and a combination of them), with a flexible approach un-known before.

So, disruptive changes are coming: how cities can adapt and actively react to these changes in order to exploit all the potential benefits of these changes towards the achievement of a sustainable urban mobility?  How transport policies can offer and answer to the needs of people and to their increasing bent to share mobility? Which are the most interesting solutions and good practices have been adopted by cities at the forefront?

Sharing mobility is an hot topic: starting with the past @CIVITAS FORUM 2015 “Sharing the city”, to a number of upcoming events (@ the 3rd European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans on 12nd-13rd April 2016 in Bremen and @ECOMM – European Conference on Mobility Management from 1st to 3rd June 2016 in Athens) the theme has been debated and continues to be debated among transport experts, politicians, professionals and representatives from urban, regional and national levels.

CIVITAS WIKI is now drafting a policy note on this topic with the aim to provide a brief but smart tool for cities offering a comprehensive overview on shared-mobility concepts, applications and practices (both the more consolidated and the innovative ones) to support decision/policy makers and urban mobility professionals in mobility planning.

Scope of this collaborative interaction is then to collect further resources, hints and suggestions, links to practical city experiences and, obviously, opinions and comments on this topic.

For sharing your ideas, resources and thoughts on sharing mobility, please contact Simone Bosetti and Caterina Di Bartolo.

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Submitted by Jan Christiaens on 06/11/2015

As part of the TRACE project (www.h2020-trace.eu), funded by the European Commission under the umbrella of the Horizon 2020 programme, we invite you to participate in an online survey on walking and cycling tracking services.

TRACE is a European project with 12 partners in 8 countries. The aim of TRACE is to assess the potential of using tracking data (i.e. location and travel habit data) in cycling and walking promotion initiatives and in urban mobility planning.

TRACE will be consolidated into several tools that will be freely accessible to all interested stakeholders:

  1. Tools tracking and influencing mobility behaviour
  2. A planning tool, analysing the gathered data from the tracking tools

Your answers will allow us to take your needs and requirements into account when developing our tools. Completing the survey will take about 10-15 min. Those who complete the survey will have the opportunity to enter a contest to win a Motorola Moto G2015 smartphone.

If you are a public authority or related stakeholder (mobility professional, urban planner, decision maker, national/regional authority, consultant, etc.), please fill your questionnaire here.

If you are an user association, a mobility organisation or a stakeholder related to the user perspective, please fill your questionnaire here.

Feel free to forward this invitation to your colleagues or contacts who might be interested in the topic.

Thank you in advance for your time and for your input!

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Submitted by Simone Bosetti on 24/09/2015

All the presentations and the summary report of the peer review exercise about starting a SUMP process with a specific focus on resilience are now available at the event webpage.

The municipality of San Giuseppe Vesuviano (Italy) is leading a number of Vesuvian towns located around the volcano (around 160.00 inhabitants) in their challenges towards sustainable urban mobility.
In the area, the eruption risk and emergency response should be properly addressed with proactive city planning. For this reason a “resilient Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan” is going to be developed.

In this respect, a peer review exercise (PRE) was organized within the CIVITAS Integrated Planning Thematic Group on 29th July 2015, aiming at collecting suggestions and relevant information for the preparatory work needed to start a SUMP process with a specific focus on resilience.

Site visite during the PRE in San Giuseppe Vesuviano

A PRE is organized in order to let a group of experts from different cities working in similar issues to evaluate local policies, programmes and practices being implemented in a particular city and based on this to give recommendations on possible areas of improvement.

If you are interested in having a peer review of the policies of your city, don’t hesitate to contact the thematic moderator of the respective CIVITAS Thematic Group.

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Submitted by Luigi Acquaviva on 02/05/2015

The municipality of San Giuseppe Vesuviano (Italy) is leading a number of Vesuvian towns located around the volcano (around 160.00 inhabitants) in their challenges towards sustainable urban mobility. In our area, the eruption risk and emergency response should be properly addressed with proactive city planning and for this reason we are interested in developing a “resilient Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan” in our metropolitan area.
We would like to in particular to start a debate on SUMP and resilience within the CIVITAS community with the main aim of collecting suggestions and relevant information for our preparatory work.
Is there already any example of resilient SUMP in Europe?
Which cities do you think could be more suited for a peer-to-peer interaction? (e.g with comparable risk exposure for eruptions, earthquakes or flooding)
What cities can do to properly adapt their transport infrastructures and services for an emergency situation?
Is anyone interested in collaborating and working with us on this topic?
Many thanks in advance for your comments

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Submitted by Sarah Martens on 28/08/2015

Here's an interesting reflection from the US about the ageing population in the suburbs. The generation of baby-boomers (now between ages 50 to 68) and older represent 60 percent of the owner-occupied homes in America. Many live in highly car-oriented suburbs. When they will no longer be able to drive, demand for costly public transport services in low-density areas will probably increase and the risk of transport poverty will lurk around the corner. The article proposes some promising solutions to allow baby-boomers to age in place, such as self-driving cars, the sharing economy and redesigning cul-de-sacs as hubs for communal living. 

I'm interested to know if this trend is also present in Europe and how cities plan to face the challenges associated with this prospect?

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CIVITAS FACTS & FIGURES: Public Involvement in CIVITAS Demo projects

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CIVITAS INFOGRAPHIC : Smart choices for cities: Cities towards Mobility 2.0: connect, share and go!

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CIVITAS QUOTES: If women travelled like men

Gender equality and mobility: mind the gap!

The second Policy Note by CIVITAS WIKI focuses on the topic of gender-sensitive mobility planning. In both, the International body of literature and transport planning, the gender dimension in mobility patterns and sustainability has received relatively little attention so far, even though, together with age and income, gender is considered a significant factor in accounting for differences in mobility behavior, with women recognized as being more likely to adopt sustainable travel behaviours than men.

A growing debate on this topic is ongoing at EU level and it has been re-launched within the CIVITAS Integrated Planning Thematic Group. Collaborative Interaction was set up on the CIVITAS Interactive Platform (http://www.civitas.eu/thematic-cooperation) and in the CIVITAS Urban Mobility LinkedIn Group, to collect further resources, links to other projects, practical city experiences and opinions and comments on the topic.

Policy Recommendations For EU Sustainable Mobility Concepts based on CIVITAS Experience

The Policy Recommendations present the main findings arising from the evaluation of the CIVITAS Plus Collaborative Projects (CPs), which ran from 2008-2012.

This publication was written under the auspices of the CIVITAS POINTER project, which supported five collaborative projects (CP s) implemented within the framework of the third edition of the CIVITAS programme. Evaluation and monitoring were the key stones of CIVITAS POINTER. Drawing from first-hand, corroborated statistical evidence gathered from participating cities, this publication presents the results of the CIVITAS Plus cross-site evaluation and policy assessment. These findings support the development of clear European-level policy recommendations that have the potential for being embraced by all European cities — not just those which make up the CIVITAS community.

The document seeks to identify factors that can boost the effectiveness and consistency of future strategies, thereby securing greater sustainability in urban mobility patterns. Policy makers are provided with contemporary facts for debating purposes, and a number of conclusions and recommendations based on lessons learnt from CIVITAS Plus are put forward.

She moves. Women's Issues in Transportation

Even though the gap is closing, day-to-day mobility of women still diverges from that of men. While gender issues have been considered in urban
planning since the 1970, gender differences in mobility persist. The issues at stake in enhancing women’s mobility and making transport more gender
neutral are addressed in this publication. Many of these issues have been extensively researched, but still receive limited attention in developing
gender-specific policies, programmes, and mandates. Methods to translate gender research findings into policy need to be explored. In this respect,
the gender impact of transport policies needs to be regularly assessed in monitoring their contribution to a gender-neutral transport system. As the
concept of gender-neutral transport varies significantly in place and time with respect to values, needs, choices, constraints, and impacts, genderneutral
transport needs to be addressed through international collaboration.
EU research policy gives priority to integrating the gender dimension into projects funded and co-funded under the European Commission’s Research
and Innovation Framework Programme. The recently adopted Horizon 2020 for the period 2014 to 2020 is structured to respond to societal challenges
that need innovative solutions, of which sustainable transport is high on the agenda.

Target-group oriented transportation planning: gender mobility

Target-group oriented transportation planning: gender mobility

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The thematic group “Integrated Planning” deals with activities and projects that facilitate integrated planning practices towards more sustainable urban mobility.

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